Putte Wickman RIP

Got this in the mail :




Swedish jazz musician Putte Wickman dies at age 81 of cancer
Canadian Press
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2006

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Clarinetist and orchestra leader PutteWickman, one of Sweden's best known jazz musicians, died Tuesday, a friend said. He was 81.

Wickman died of cancer, jazz writer and friend Leif Domnerus said. Born in the central city of Borlange in 1924, Wickman discovered his natural talent as a clarinet player after moving to Stockholm as a teenager.

By the time he left school, he was good enough to become a full-time musician, inspired by legendary clarinetists Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.

Wickman's given first name was Hans Olof, but he was known throughout his career as "Putte." In 1945, he was voted Sweden's best clarinet player by Swedish jazz critics, and he started his first own orchestra in 1948.

The following year he achieved international acclaim as part of the Swedish All Stars Group that was hailed by the audience and critics alike at the Paris Jazz Festival.

Wickman toured widely in Sweden and played several concerts at jazzclubs in the United States, recording albums with music greats like Buddy DeFranco and Eddie Daniels.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.

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